Posted by: Witch Doctor | September 16, 2011

The “virgin” word

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My Black Cat, being just a cat, has never given much thought to the meaning of the word “Virgin.”

She asked me what it meant.

I told her not to bother me and gave her the keys of the old witch’s secret library so she could look it up in the dictionary.

This is what she found:

virgin |ˈvərjən|
noun

a person, typically a woman, who has never had sexual intercourse.
• a naive, innocent, or inexperienced person, esp. in a particular context : a political virgin.
• ( the Virgin) the mother of Jesus; the Virgin Mary.
• a woman who has taken a vow to remain a virgin.
• ( the Virgin) the zodiacal sign or constellation Virgo.
• Entomology a female insect that produces eggs without being fertilized.

adjective
1 [ attrib. ] being, relating to, or appropriate for a virgin : his virgin bride.
2 not yet touched, used, or exploited : acres of virgin forests | virgin snow.
• (of clay) not yet fired.
• (of wool) not yet, or only once, spun or woven.
• (of olive oil) obtained from the first pressing of olives.
• (of metal) made from ore by smelting.
ORIGIN Middle English : from Old French virgine, from Latin virgo, virgin-.

She read it very carefully and then nodded her head. The Witch Doctor had absolutely no idea what she was thinking. So she asked her.

She said that in her opinion “Virgin” was not a suitable name for a Health Care Establishment.

I asked her why not.

She said she didn’t think it was appropriate that a Health Care Establishment has a name that implied they cared only for persons, typically women, who had never had sexual intercourse. Nor did she think it was appropriate for persons to be treated only by staff who were virgins.

It would be like calling a Health Centre “The Labia Health Centre” she said.

She said she didn’t think it was appropriate that a Health Care Establishment cared only for naïve, innocent or inexperienced people. Nor did she think it was appropriate for persons to be treated only by staff who were naïve, innocent or inexperienced.

It would be like calling a Health Centre “The Incompetent Health Centre” she said.

She said she didn’t think it was appropriate for a Health Care Establishment to have a name that implied they cared only for persons with certain religious beliefs or non at all. Nor did she think it was appropriate for persons to be treated only by staff who held certain religious beliefs or none at all.

It would be like calling a Health Centre “The Atheist Health Centre” or “The Christian Health Centre” or “The Muslim Health Centre” or “The Creationism Health Centre” she said.

So, these are My Black Cat’s opinions.

She said she didn’t think it was appropriate that a Health Care Establishment have a name that implied they cared only for persons who believed in the magic of astrology. Nor did she think it was appropriate for persons to be treated only by staff who held certain magical beliefs.

The Witch Doctor agreed with her there. Can you imagine if Health Centres were run by staff who believed in magic? They, and their patients, would be treading on very dangerous ground where only witches are safe.

Heavens, it would be like calling a Health Centre “The Spell Pantry!”

The Witch Doctor was curious about her concerns over the naming of Health Care Establishments.

She said that it was important that a Health Care Establishment was given a name that offered some kind of reassurance to patients. A common, comforting name, or at worst a bland name like a street name she thought.

What about “The Reassurance Health Centre,” she said.

I told her that sounded very reassuring indeed.

Rather like Richard Branson’s new name for their healthcare in the UK. It is not “Virgin Medical” but “Assura Medical”

ASSURA MEDICAL – “Putting the patient at the heart of healthcare”

Reassuring. Politically very correct. Very British.

There are world-wide 67 different Virgin companies. Assura Medical in the UK is the only one does not incorporate the name “Virgin.”

Incidentally, Labia Health Centres, to The Witch Doctor’s knowledge do not exist, however if you want to know more about “Labia Wards,” a term definitely not used by Virgin or Richard Branson but in the context of medical “black humour” then you might join in the debate over here which deals also with “Birthing Sheds” “Madwives” and “Cabbage Patches”

It has caused quite a stir.

SOCIAL MEDIA BLACK HUMOUR AND PROFESSIONALS

You will probably have a view. We witches certainly do, but for now at least we are not telling you what it is.


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